Jul 272008

Compiz is a compositing window manager that uses 3D graphics acceleration via OpenGL. It provides various new graphical effects and features on any desktop environment, including Gnome and KDE. Compiz Fusion is a collection of plugins and a configuration system for the Compiz compositing window manager. It was created from the remerging of Beryl into Compiz.

Compiz truely and honestly redefines user desktop experience and desktop/window management.

With openSUSE 11.0 Compiz-Fusion comes pre-installed and any system with reasonable performance level should be able to benifit from the Compiz-Fusion desktop experience. Needless to say, better the hardware better is the experience.

Here we look at various aspects Compiz on your openSUSE 11.0 (most discussed here should work on openSUSE 10.3).


In order to make life easy, let us go through a few pre-flight checks to ensure all is well once we enable Compiz/Desktop Effects and start using it.

The Pre-requisites include

1. Proper drivers installed for your ATI or nVidia or Intel Graphics card.

2. Enable Composite for Xorg and the rendering engine that you want to use like AIGLX,nVIDIA native for nVIDIA or XGL. Composite is enabled by default in openSUSE 11.0

Intel Video/Display cards


nVIDIA Display/Video cards

nVIDIA Native Rendering platform


ATI Display/Vide Cards


Enable Compiz/Desktop Effects

Enable/Configure and use Desktop Cube

Temporarily Disable/Enable Compiz Fusion / Desktop Effects

Watchout!!! more to come…